Implementing REDD+ in a Conflict-Affected Country: A Case Study of the Democratic Republic of Congo
AbstractDue to their carbon sequestration potential, tropical forests are a focal point for mitigation of climate change through Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) contains the largest part of the Congo Basin, the second largest rainforest in the world, and has become a main focus for REDD+ initiatives. However, DRC’s ongoing instability and conflict threatens the peace and security of local people, and outcomes of such global initiatives. Content analysis of 102 documents from four major REDD+ initiatives intervening in DRC, sought to understand how civil conflict is being integrated into the discourse on REDD+ and its implication for climate change mitigation. Results showed that discussion of how conflict and political instability might impact REDD+ outcomes was limited. Concrete approaches to address the reality of civil conflict were not evident. Governance reform was, however, an important emphasis of REDD+ in DRC. Since REDD+, peace-building and development initiatives are often funded by the same institutions, it is important to begin a dialogue as to how they can be more intentional in harmonizing approaches in conflict-affected, forest-rich countries like DRC. Finding synergies has the potential to improve overall outcomes for the global climate, the forest, and the lives of local people. View Full-Text
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Brown, H.C.P. Implementing REDD+ in a Conflict-Affected Country: A Case Study of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Environments 2017, 4, 61.
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Brown, H. Carolyn P. 2017. "Implementing REDD+ in a Conflict-Affected Country: A Case Study of the Democratic Republic of Congo." Environments 4, no. 3: 61.
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